There’s news today that Newcastle are in the lead to sign Marseilles winger Andre Ayew, with GhanaSoccerNet claiming that Newcastle are now in the lead to sign the 25 year-old winger/striker, who will become a free agent in the summer.
Andre Ayew – 25 year-old Marseilles winger
There were reports a week or so ago that Newcastle had offered the player a £2M signing on fee, and wages of £30K/week tax-free, but it’s difficult to know how accurate those reports were.
However, one reason Newcastle may well be in the lead for Ayew is that he wants to join the Premier League, and Newcastle may be the only English club currently after him.
Maybe the fact that Newcastle are being so aggressive – like we were in getting Ayoze Perez last summer – may be turning the head of the 25 year-old.
We hope that’s the case but other European clubs like Napoli, Inter-Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg and Roma have been expressed interest in signing the player.
Only a day or two ago Marseilles’ President Jose Anigo confirmed Andre will leave the French club in the summer, when his current contract runs out:
“Andre Ayew is a confirmation I was able to make from my start here,” “I regret he will leave. He will not extend the contract, so I feel he will go.”
Before Geordie fans get too excited remember we were also in the lead for 18 year-old Dele Alli in January, but then at the last moment Tottenham came in and signed him from under our noses.
But there’s no doubt if we can get Ayew to Newcastle he would be a very good signing – and it would be a welcome boost to Newcastle fans, who have endured a terrible year so far and the mood is not good on Tyneside – not good at all.
The way things are going it would appear that Newcastle will be lucky to make the top ten in the Premier League next season (we will not be in top ten this season), unless a top coach is recruited in the summer and four or five good players are also brought in.
And there is money available to do that – it’s simply a case of whether owner Mike Ashley will spend the money or not, to improve our squad this summer.
If Newcatsle can sign the Ghanaian to a pre-contract agreement the move could be announced immediately, and it would be formally signed on July 1st, when the summer transfer window formally opens.
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